Certified, Licensed, and Ordained Minister
A Certified Minister is a person who has not held ministerial credentials before. This person feels a definite call into ministry and is actively pursuing that calling by working within the local church under the authority of a local pastor/elder.
Licensed Ministers are recognized by most states and the IRS for all legal purposes and sacred functions of ministry.
Ordained Ministers are those that have been duly seasoned and approved for ministry. This step involves FGEA’s recognition of God’s calling as seen in the minister’s life and actions.
Each of these three levels of membership has various requirements that are defined in the FGEA Bylaws; however, common to all three levels is an application process (described above).
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP LINK
After we receive your application in the FGEA Office, we'll send reference forms to the references you provided (one of which MUST BE a current FGEA Ordained Minister). When the completed references are returned to the office, the FGEA Executive Board reviews the application and makes a final decision on membership.
Once you are accepted, there is a commitment to support the organization with a designated portion of your monthly tithes (click on this “Contribution Guidelines” link to see the expectations).
Why do we ask Members, Churches, and Ministries to support the organization financially?
There are many great benefits that individuals, churches, and ministries have available to them by becoming a part of FGEA. FGEA provides a spiritual covering that is vital to any spiritual endeavor. In FGEA you will find fellowship, encouragement, and accountability that will strengthen your ministry. Additionally, you will be welcomed at Conventions, retreats, mission opportunities, Youth Camps, training seminars, plus many other outreaches and ministries supported by FGEA.
The Biblical principle of the tithe always flows upward – from the people to the priesthood – to the high priest – to God. When you choose to submit to the authority of a ministry like FGEA, you are asking them to bless and cover you spiritually.
Clearly, the Lord’s work must be supported…and your support of FGEA is simply an indication of your heart toward what God is doing through FGEA. Your giving helps to support our sister organizations in several foreign nations, our missions giving, new FGEA churches, our Bible School Project, pastoral instruction and counseling, and much more!
We firmly believe that by banding together, we can do more than we can by ourselves!
Should my church join fgea too?
If you would like more information or are having problems with the links above, please e-mail the FGEA Office firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be glad to answer any of your questions!